By Jostein Gaarder

Weaving an astonishingly unique tapestry of stories from the perspective of a 12-year-old boy named Hans Thomas, The Solitaire secret takes readers on a common look for achievement and the that means of existence.

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They’ll always turn. ” “Sure, heat-seeking missiles, beagles, and me. ” “He’s missing,” Desoto said, straight-faced. “Other than that we actually don’t know much about him. According to Edwina Talbot, he’d been acting strangely before his disappearance, murder, suicide, whatever. ” Carver repeated most of what Edwina had told him, and Desoto said that was just about the way the case went. ” Carver asked. Desoto waved a hand as if the question were almost irrelevant. “Suicides do these things sometimes, Carver; you know that.

He’d received a fat insurance claim along with his disability pension after being shot in the left knee during a holdup six months earlier, when he was a detective sergeant in the Orlando Police Department. The knee was ruined, locked at a thirty-degree angle for life. Eighty thousand dollars and a pension wasn’t much compared to being able to walk without a cane. Not the jackpot some of the damned fools in the department actually congratulated him on. Carver didn’t feel lucky. “Being wealthy isn’t the same as having something to do,” Edwina said.

According to Edwina Talbot, he’d been acting strangely before his disappearance, murder, suicide, whatever. ” Carver repeated most of what Edwina had told him, and Desoto said that was just about the way the case went. ” Carver asked. Desoto waved a hand as if the question were almost irrelevant. “Suicides do these things sometimes, Carver; you know that. They like for their survivors to wonder what really happened to them. Or maybe a person or persons unknown came after Davis, happened to catch him at breakfast, and threw him off the drop.

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